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Junk News during the EU Parliamentary Elections

Access to accurate information about politics and electoral processes is critical to the health of democratic systems. With this in mind, this data memo examines the quality and quantity of political news and information that social media users were sharing across seven European languages (English, ...

2019-05-21T07:07:34+01:00May 21st, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Information over Facebook and WhatsApp during the Indian Election Campaign

Social media platforms have become an important source of political news and information for voters in India’s national election. To evaluate the quality of sources and images being shared, we examine the patterns of content circulation on Facebook and WhatsApp with a large sample of ...

2019-05-13T11:13:05+01:00May 13th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Polarisation and the use of technology in political campaigns and communication

This report offers a comprehensive overview of the relationship between technology, democracy and the polarisation of public discourse. Technology is inherently political, and the ways in which it is designed and used have ongoing implications for participation, deliberation, and democracy. Algorithms, automation, big data analytics ...

2019-03-11T12:48:39+01:00March 11th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

The IRA and Political Polarization in the United States

Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) launched an extended attack on the United States by using computational propaganda to misinform and polarize US voters. This report provides the first major analysis of this attack based on data provided by social media firms to the Senate Select ...

2019-01-23T14:51:27+01:00December 17th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Climate Change Consensus and Skepticism: Mapping Climate Change Dialogue on Twitter and Facebook

Concerns are growing about the polarization of the climate change debate. Despite broad consensus among scientists that climate change is both occurring and anthropogenic, a vocal movement expresses skepticism about the validity of the scientific consensus. In this data memo, we analyze the climate change ...

2018-11-28T08:57:18+01:00November 28th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption on Social Media During the 2018 US Midterm Elections

In the United States, social media platforms serve significant volumes of junk political news and information during important moments in political life—particularly elections. In this data memo, we examine the sources of political news and information that were shared by social media users in the ...

2018-11-01T10:22:11+01:00November 1st, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|